Abraham Lincoln was once taken to task by one of his advisers who thought he was being too soft on his enemies. The adviser said. “Why do you always try to make friends of your enemies? You should try to destroy them instead!” The President wisely responded, “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?”
In today’s lesson, when David has a chance to destroy his enemy Saul, he will refrain from doing him harm. Instead he will do his best to try to make him his friend. David understood the biblical proverb, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” He also understood the biblical principle that “vengeance belongs to the Lord.” David’s actions will result in only a temporary truce between him and Saul, but by doing the right thing, he will honor both himself and God.
Too often we set out to harm those who harm us. But like David, we should be willing to trust the Lord for justice in matters between us and our enemies.